Jacob was feeling lonely. Running away from Laban and going to meet Esau, he feared for his life. But the Lord showed His servant that he had never been alone, and that despite his fears he could hope for the best. The Bible says that: “Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him. When Jacob saw them, he said, “This is the camp of God!” So he named that place Mahanaim.” (Genesis 32: 1-2)
Jacob lifted his eyes and saw angels. God had detached a celestial army to protect him. That vision must have encouraged him so much! However, being escorted by angels was not a privilege o Israel. According to the Scriptures, “The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.”(Psalm 34:7) We cannot always see the angels but we can be sure that they are surrounding us. We are never alone.
Encouraged by that manifestation of divine care, Jacob named that place Mahanaim, a Hebrew word that means “Two Camps”. What did the patriarch mean? One camp was the angelical one, but… what was the other? Jacob remembered his relatives, friends and brothers that were on his side and had left Haran with him. The company of those people was as important as the company of the celestial messengers.
Every child of God can count on two camps in their lives: the one of the angels and the one of their brethren. Unfortunately, we do not always realize that. In some occasions, we forget that invisible forces work in our favour. In other occasions we walk away from the visible camp of the Church or from people God could have used to bless us. By making these mistakes, we will feel lonely. Avoiding them, we will have hope and courage.
Remember: As hard as the situation might be, you are not alone. Christ is on your side. He has designed powerful battalions to help you overcoming your challenges. Like Jacob, make use of these resources. You will have company and will obtain victory.
Lord, help me to bear in mind the fact that I am not alone. Lead me to those you want to use to help me. Let me feel the venture of presence. Amen.